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Thames Valley Chamber partners with Smart Energy GB to help small businesses benefit from smart meters
28th September 2016

Smart Energy GB, the voice of Britain’s smart meter rollout, has announced a partnership with Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group (TVCC). The partnership will help small businesses in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon find out more about smart meters and how they can benefit.

Smart meters will be offered to every home and microbusiness (businesses with fewer than 10 employees) by 2020. They provide accurate readings directly to suppliers, bringing an end to estimated bills, and show customers what they are spending in pounds and pence, in near real time.

Smart Energy GB will work with TVCC to provide information on smart meters through multi-channel marketing and communications including social media, editorial, newsletters and events.

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said:

“This partnership with TVCC will help spread the smart meter message to small businesses throughout the Thames Valley region.

“With a smart meter, businesses can be confident that they’re only paying for what they use – no more estimated bills. Importantly, smart meters also provide the visibility needed to make positive changes to the way a business uses energy.”

Paul Britton, Chief Executive, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce said:

“We welcome this partnership with Smart Energy GB, which will enable us to speak confidently with businesses across our region about smart meters and the benefits they bring to better managing energy consumption and achieving full business potential. Energy management has been one of the Chamber’s key priority campaigns and this partnership will add to that agenda”.

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Notes to editors
About Smart Energy GB
Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter rollout. It’s our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to get their gas and electricity under control. Our national campaign has already begun and will reach all households and microbusinesses in England, Scotland and Wales. For more information visit our website www.smartenergyGB.org

About smart meters and the rollout
Smart meters will replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. They will provide consumers with accurate bills, near real time information on energy usage in pounds and pence, and greater control over their gas and electricity. The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure. Between now and 2020, everyone across England, Scotland and Wales will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier at no extra cost. More than 3.5 million smart meters have already been installed. To find out how you can get a smart meter from your energy supplier, pick up a leaflet from your local Post Office branch or visit www.smartenergyGB.org/get-a-smart-meter

About Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group (TVCC)

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group works with businesses across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon to help companies achieve their full business potential and is one of the largest Chambers accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce in the UK and is the only accredited Chamber in the region.

We are a proven ‘Centre for Excellence’ providing international trade services and global representation; committed to long-term relationships with members and providing them with relevant, value added services that help, support and protect regional, national and international business. http://www.thamesvalleychamber.co.uk

Naira Ruhomally
Thames Valley Chamber Press Office
01753 870 500
nairaruhomally@tvchamber.co.uk

Smart Energy GB media contacts

For more information including interview requests, case studies of smart meter users, infographics, photography and video content please contact the Smart Energy GB media team:

Janqui Mehta: Janqui.Mehta@smartenergyGB.org; 0203 019 1063 / 07715 665 112

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